Economics for Journalists

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For Journalists

Hone your economic reporting skills


Our economics seminars for journalists will give you a greater understanding of economics and help you write about Canadian and world issues with more clarity and confidence.

Many of today’s issues, including health care, income inequality, the environment, and foreign aid have economic implications. This program will improve your understanding of economics so you'll be more adept at analyzing the policies proposed by politicians and advocacy groups, and the public’s responses to these policies. You'll gain practical tools, know which questions to ask, and be able to write about current events from a different angle.

In 2012, we successfully launched a revised program that focused on teaching basic economic principles and how they relate to journalism. The journalists’ feedback has been overwhelmingly positive – since then, over 150 journalists have attended our program and 98% have agreed that the program was intellectually stimulating and that they had gathered useful information they would use in their careers.

This year, we will be holding three seminars, two in Toronto and one in Vancouver. All programs will feature the same facilitators and content, with common economic terms being explained and the practical application of the "economic way" of thinking being highlighted throughout each program. Through lectures, simulations, and discussions, three experienced economics professors will demonstrate how economics can be used to better understand the world around us using real, relevant examples from Canadian society, and explain how to apply the economic concepts being taught to actual reporting.

Topics covered include:

  • Labour markets
  • National debt
  • Government budgets/spending
  • Numbers in the newsroom: GDP, CPI, the unemployment rate
  • Economic freedom
  • International trade
  • Monetary policy

Economic concepts covered include:

  • Opportunity costs
  • Property rights
  • Unintended consequences
  • Cost-benefit analysis
  • Marginal decision-making
  • Supply and demand

This graduate seminar-style program is open to journalists from TV, radio, print, and new media from across Canada and allows journalists to look at important issues through an economic lens and engage in a forum of learning, questioning, and critical analysis. Full bursaries are available to cover all program costs including travel, accommodation, conference tuition, materials, and included meals.